24 Apr 19
Redlands Daily Facts
It’s a good thing David Patrick has gotten in his recruiting laps in already, bringing in the likes of freshman guards Zyon Pullin and Quinton Ford and transfers Khyber Kabellis and Angus McWilliam for the 2019-2020 season.
Because the UC Riverside men’s basketball coach has his next two summers booked.
This week, Patrick was named an assistant coach for the Australian Men’s National Team, which means this summer, it’s the FIBA World Cup in Shenzen, China, which starts in mid August. Of course, it also means if it’s 2020, it must be Tokyo for the Summer Olympics.
It also means Patrick will be back Down Under, a natural place – poor metaphor aside – for a talented recruiter who has already brought the likes of Ben Simmons, Matthew Dellavedova and Patty Mills from Australia to American colleges and eventually the NBA. That Simmons and Patrick have a close relationship could go a long way into bringing Simmons to the Boomers, where he would join a team that made the semifinals of the 2016 Rio Olympics and won the FIBA Asia Cup.
“I am honored to be joining the Boomers coaching staff for the FIBA World Cup and the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. Coach Andrej Lemanis and his staff have done a magnificent job in their preparation and I am hopeful I can help them achieve continued success,” he said. “Australian basketball is at an all-time high and has made its imprint globally.”
As has Patrick in his first year as Highlanders’ boss. He brought in shooting guard Dragan Elkaz from Australia and 7-1 center Callum McRae from New Zealand, who was UCR’s most improved player over the course of the season. Given Patrick’s ties to the region and network, that is merely the first wave.
“He is a very experienced coach who will bring his own unique talents to the group,” Lemanis said. “He has certainly done the hard yards of coaching and has worked his way to be the head coach of his own college program, which reflects the wonderful skills he has as a person and as a coach.”
“He is also extremely passionate about the success of Australian basketball … his experience, values and skill set are a significant addition to the team.”
And Patrick’s Down Under doings have brought Kiwi fruit to this year’s recruiting class. That would be McWilliam, a 6-10 redshirt sophomore transfer from TCU who hails from Christchurch, New Zealand. A member of the New Zealand U-19 team, McWilliam averaged 27 points and 22 rebounds in high school.
McWilliam is the only big man among the quartet of recruits. The 6-3 Pullin comes from Pleasant Hill in the Bay Area, where he averaged 26 points, eight assists and five rebounds a game for College Park High.
Ford, a 6-4 guard from Austin, Texas, gives Patrick another 3-point sniper, one who averaged 24 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals for Copperas Cove High.
And Kabelis, a 6-5 guard from Escondido, has already ventured about, having spent time at both North Dakota State and Pacific, where he started the last six games. This is his final season of NCAA competition and Patrick recruited him for that veteran leadership.
CBU can span the globe too
Riverside basketball fans should get used to hearing Australian accents, because Cal Baptist University men’s basketball coach Rick Croy just brought in Wani Swaka Lo Buluk, a 6-5 guard out of Perth, Australia by way of the Sudan.
Lo Buluk, who averaged nearly 15 points for the Australian Crocs en route to that team winning the 2018 FIBA Under-16 Asian Championship, will compete in this summer’s FIBA Under-19 World Cup. In essence, Croy traded one Australian – the graduated Jordan Heading, who hailed from Adelaide in South Australia – for Lo Buluk.
But Croy wasn’t done. He also signed 6-7 forward Carson Towt, who was the Arizona 5A Conference Player of the Year after leading Gilbert High in Phoenix to a 29-1 record and the 5A state title. Towt averaged 10.7 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 blocks.
“Both of them have enjoyed tremendous success up to this point in their young careers and they are going to benefit our program and the CBU student body immensely,” Croy said.
A Cannon erupts
UCR baseball coach Troy Percival knew it would happen. He just didn’t know when junior first baseman Connor Cannon would go off. But go off he did the last couple of weeks, when Cannon earned consecutive Big West Field Player of the Week honors for putting up video game numbers.
Where to start? Well, there’s the 17-game hitting streak. The six home runs in his last seven games. The three homers and 11 RBI in a four-game span last week. The .588/.650/1.235 slash line in that span. The eight RBI against New Mexico on April 19 that is the UCR Division I record for most RBI in a game. The back-to-back four-hit games.
Parse the numbers further and Cannon’s 12 home runs lead the Big West. They’re also one shy of the UCR Division I era record of 13 set by Jaime Pedroza in 2007. The target beyond that is the school-record 16 socked by Brad Pounders in 1984 and tied by Jason Clark in 1997.
Keep an eye on
• Claremont-Mudd-Scripps senior attacker Corie Hack, who scored the 200th goal of her career against Pomona-Pitzer. Aside from becoming only the third Athenas player to reach that milestone, Hack led CMS to its third consecutive undefeated SCIAC season and earned SCIAC Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week honors.
• The University of La Verne men’s golf team and the CMS women’s golf team, which both captured the SCIAC team titles. The Leopards (877) nipped CMS (878) and Redlands (880) to win the three-round SCIAC title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships that goes to the season champion. The CMS women won the program’s third consecutive conference title, edging runner-up Redlands and Pomona-Pitzer.
• CMS golfer Mason Chiu, who went wire-to-wire to capture the individual title at the SCIAC Men’s Golf Championships. He opened the three-round tournament at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena with a 7-under-par 63 and never led by fewer than six. Chiu finished 5-under and was the only golfer to break par, with La Verne’s Pitiluk Phanomchai seven shots back at 2-over.
• CMS golfer Amy Xue, the SCIAC women’s individual champion, who turned in rounds of 79-75-73–227 for a one-shot victory over Annie Hay of Redlands.
• CBU softball coach Bill Baber, who collected his 300th career victory at CBU when the Lancers defeated Utah Valley 9-6 on April 19. He didn’t stay long on 300, as CBU won both ends of a doubleheader behind six home runs.